DALLAS (AP) – Rookie Jason Robertson netted a goal and an assist in the first period and the Dallas Stars beat Detroit 5-2 on Tuesday night to sweep back-to-back games against the Red Wings and extend their winning streak to four games . .
Joe Pavelski, Tanner Kero, Blake Comeau and Jamie Oleksiak also scored for the Stars (19-14-12), who finished a home game 4-0-1. Dallas has a best eight-game scoring streak this season (6-0-2). The Stars are one point behind fourth-place Nashville for last place in the Central Division playoffs with two games in hand.
Rookie goalie Jake Oettinger made 24 saves and improved to 9-5-6.
Jason Dickinson, who had two assists, said Dallas had played a lot more confidently recently.
“Even though we have a few bad changes, a few bad plays or a puck goes into our net, it looks like we’re reacting well and we keep trying to push,” said Dickinson.
Valtteri Filppula and Dylan Larkin scored for the Red Wings (16-25-7), who are 0-2-1 after a three-game winning streak. Jonathan Bernier allowed all four goals on 12 shots and was replaced at 3.36 of the second period by Thomas Greiss, who stopped 11 shots.
“We didn’t give up any A ratings compared to the rest of the league, like the big A ratings, and tonight I thought we were terrible defensively,” Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. “Especially in the first half of the game.”
“We wanted to establish forward control,” Dallas coach Rick Bowness said of his team’s success in the first period. “It’s the strength of our team, it’s when we go north. We go hard and we plan aggressively. “
Kero scored 2:55, sending a wrist flick to the near top corner following a flow from Jamie Benn from the low lunge. Just over two minutes later, Robertson took a pass from Jason Dickinson, dipped his left knee and lifted a time over Bernier. Robertson is second in rookie goals (14) and points (35).
Dallas’ third goal in the first period resembled the first, Robertson feeding Pavelski to the right post for his best 19th of the season as a team.
Oleksiak rode on the run on goal which chased Bernier. About 80 seconds later, Filppula put the Red Wings on the board with a flick of the wrist to the side of the stick.
Larkin scored with the extra forward at 4:13 PM, and Dallas responded with Comeau adding a goal into an empty net in the last minute, skating on his own for the hockey version of a dunk.
The teams will play in Detroit on Thursday for the third of four straight games against each other. Dallas is playing nine of its remaining 11 road games.
WISH YOU WERE HERE
The Stars have played without their second goalscorer, forward Roope Hintz, for the 13th time this season due to a nagging lower-body injury. Dallas defenseman Miro Heiskanen missed his first game this season – and only the second in his three-year NHL career – also with a lower-body injury.
SHORT NIGHT AGAIN
Bernier hasn’t completed any of his three starts against Dallas this season. He left the previous two because of injuries that sidelined him for seven games and then 10 games.
Oettinger conceded his second NHL penalty, stumbling, when he blocked Darren Helm between circles as they ran for a free puck. … Dallas beat their opponents 30-14 in the eight-game streak in points. … Filppula has scored three goals and six points in his last nine games. … Larkin walked over to the pain bench in the last few minutes, and Blashill had no details of his condition. … The Stars have won four straight wins for the first time since opening the season with four straight home wins, including two against the Red Wings.
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